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DIY Life-Size Remote Control (transparent) BB-8
I see that you haven't used a servo, does that make any difference to the stability of the head?
Awesome design. Trying one myself. Could u please tell me the diameter of the round platform and the length of the wooden shafts? Thank you very much for your amazing work! - toptenacademy
Hi really nice job !Can you tell us more for the wood mesurement ?Thank you again ! - Bsteven
One alternative to deodorant rollers would be to create your own metal bearings (which would be hard). We learned that the deodorant balls didn't really roll against the plastic, they just decreased the friction between the internal mechanism and the plastic sphere.
I'm not sure, our lab technician used a router to position the sphere, then used a small drill bit to create the dowel holes.
We ordered 2 custom hemispheres with NO lip. Together, they created a 24" sphere, which are the life-size dimensions of BB-8. If you want to go a little smaller, you can get 2 hemispheres that create a 20" sphere for only $100.
Our lab technician helped us drill 36 dowel holes equally spaced on each of the plastic hemispheres, then we used really small dowel rods to attach the hemispheres...a lengthy process, and in the end it didn't even keep the sphere together. We ended up just duct-taping around the seam where the hemispheres connect.
What equipment did you use to insert the dowels?
Would someone please tell me the final price of this? thanks - SebastianD18
There's a much better version built with a guineepig ball. It actually moves in multiple directions as well... oh, and I think it was made by a 12 y/o. - AeSix
Then you've not seen some of the better ones on here... - AeSix
One of our biggest challenges was figuring out a way to be able to put the two halves together and pull apart easily, and we eventually drilled holes along the edges and inserted dowels. We also taped around the equator for good measure when the dowels seemed to slip out.
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